Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
I Hope You Like Your Name
Here Comes Heartache
Love you guys!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
OK, for those of you who don't know the guy coming to do the concert next week, I thought I'd give you the inside scoop. You can read about him here.
Or, check out this video of Bill doing a song called "Life on Other Planets"
Finally, for nerdy lyrical people like me, here are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs - this one is about the Dust Bowl:
Written by Bill Mallonee
yeah i remember the dark clouds
raining dust for days on end
blew all the earth out to california
and just left us here with the wind
in desperate times you know everybody's part
but it's your own lines you're like to forget
'til what you were meets what you've now become
grins and says "hey, haven't we met"
lost my firstborn that winter
and my wife on the first day of spring
and so i poured my sweat into the earth
yeah to see what that harvest would bring
and i remember howling fury
just like a plague of locusts
egypt's punishment for sins of pride
is that now what has come over us
how much of this was meant to be
how much the work of the devil
how far can one man's eyes really see
in these days of toil and trouble
honey we're all resplendent
yeah honey we are all thrift store
i'm like a wino with a twenty dollar bill
yeah forever and eternally yours
i can make you promises
if you don't expect too much
yes and i will run the distance
if you'll please please excuse my crutch
how much of this is failing flesh
how much the course of retribution
my my how loudly we plead our innocence
long after we've made our contribution
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Barber kids are sick. Sam and Laney were up half the night last night puking their guts up. And, as it turns out, Benjamin has chicken pox. Yep - chicken pox.
So, after being elbow deep in regurgitated beef stroganoff at one o'clock in the morning, Janna and I are a little sleepy...
Friday, January 4, 2008
5. David Crowder Band - Remedy
I had heard a few tracks from this one long before the album came out, so it was a bit anticlimactic when I finally picked it up. But, their version of "O, for a Thousand Tongues" is cause enough to make this list. The album as a whole isn't nearly as interesting or inventive as their last record, but it's still pretty great.
Favorite tracks: O, For a Thousand Tongues, Everything Glorious
4. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Fresh off the full-band, hard-rocking live double-disc Kicking Television, Wilco stripped it down and mellowed it out for this one. It took me four or five listens before I really got into it. One of my favorite bands - not my favorite record of theirs, but it's still a good addition to the oeuvre.
Favorite tracks: Impossible Germany, What Light
3. Over the Rhine - The Trumpet Child
Man, oh man, what a good record. This one has one of my two favorite songs of the year - If a Song Could Be President, which, amidst all this talk of caucuses and primaries and platforms, comes across as truly sweet and clear. The best political stuff is never hard-nosed or pointed, and it certainly isn't here. The rest of the album is melodic and beautiful as well.
Favorite tracks: If a Song Could be President, Don't Wait for Tom
2. Sara Groves - Tell Me What You Know
Bought this one for Janna, for her birthday. She's the one from the Nomad documentary that we watched in Life Group a few month ago. This album reminds me of the really early Amy Grant stuff (way before Baby, Baby and the like) - just really fresh and inspiring. My other favorite song of the year is on this one, I Saw What I Saw, which is a statement about her trip to Rwanda and its profound impact on her life and her faith.
Favorite tracks: I Saw What I Saw, When the Saints
1. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
The band with the silly name and the lead singer with a voice that my wife can't stand. I freaking love this album. I loved these guys before this, but this album is my favorite so far. Any band that has the guts to cover (sorta) Sloop John B is ok in my book. Every single track on this album is great. Definitely pop over and listen to some. I can't stop listening to it.
Favorite tracks: Our Life is Not a Movie But Maybe, Savannah Smiles
Now you guys know what i do with my spare time...